GRC 0904 (Honors) Race in the Ancient Mediterranean, Spring 2011
10:00-10:50 MWF, GH 310
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Greek & Roman Classics 0904:
Honors Race in the Ancient Mediterranean
Spring 2011: MWF 10:00 – 10:50, Gladfelter Hall 310
Dr. Eric Kondratieff
: Peggy Shadding
Greek & Roman Classics (GHR Classics)
330 Anderson Hall
353 Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks, Phila. 19122
(215) 204-5798 (during office hours only)
(responses sent until 10:00 p.m. on class & test days only)
MWF 11:00-11:45, 3:00-3:30 and by appointment, at 353 Anderson Hall.
PREREQUISITES, Co-Requisites or Special Skills Required to participate in this course:
This course is open to all students who meet the academic requirements for participation. Any
student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to dis-
cuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources and Services at 215-204-1280 to coordinate rea-
sonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.
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This course aims to introduce students to ancient thinking about race and ethnicity and, time permit-
ting, to consider how ancient thinking remains current and influential today. We will investigate how categories of race and
ethnicity are presented in the literature (and artistic works) of Greece and Rome. Our case studies will pay particular attention
to such concepts as: notions of racial formation and racial origins; ancient theories of ethnic superiority; and linguistic, relig-
ious and cultural differentiation as a basis to privilege one group over another in multicultural societies; and ethnic conflict.
We will also examine ancient racism through the prism of a variety of social processes in antiquity: slavery, trade and coloni-
zation, racial migrations, imperialism, assimilation, native revolts, and genocide.
Note: this course fulfills the GE require-
ment for Race and Diversity.
To acquire a broad conceptual framework of attitudes about race and ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean
world; to learn how to examine, analyze and evaluate different approaches to concepts of ethnicity and race in antiquity, both
from the perspective of ‘international’ political, military and cultural relations, and within ancient multicultural, civic envi-
ronments through an investigation of individual cases; and, to practice the craft of writing on historical cultural problems us-
ing primary sources (ancient source materials in translation) and secondary sources (modern scholarship).